Domestic Violence Rises During COVID-19 Pandemic

Emma Alcorn, Writer

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only brought a deadly disease and loads of stress to us, but also a rise in domestic violence. 

For the previous 3 years, cases of domestic violence have increased. According to, it says, “243 million women and girls, aged 15-49, experienced sexual and/or physical violence by an intimate partner in the past year.” 25% of women and 10% of men experience some sort of intimate partner violence in their lifespan. Emerging data shows an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines in many countries since the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Many people do not know where or how to seek help. The recent rise of the Omicron variant has kept people home, leading to higher rates of abuse. The Washington Post says, “As lockdowns took effect, domestic violence hotlines in countries across the globe reported startling spikes.”

According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, domestic violence cases increased by 25-33% globally in 2020. Intimate partner violence, defined as violence among current or former partners including stalking and physical, psychological and sexual violence, is common worldwide and affects both males and females. It’s most often reported by heterosexual women, but it is likely underreported in men, transgender and gender non-conforming people and same-sex relationships.

Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) operates a toll-free number and local crisis line for victims, loved ones and community members. Certified Domestic Violence Advocates are available 24 hours a day to provide crisis support, help victims find safe solutions across the state, answer questions and provide resource referrals.

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